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    N ture and Nurture

    ArtAppropriateVaastu

    SHERRI SILVERMAN

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    True Vaastu requires not only attunementwith the laws of nature and the use of

    natural materials, but also beauty.

    Aesthetics are a major consideration: the

    site, the building, and its contents must

    be pleasing in its form and effect. All

    levels of life should be nourished: physical

    protection, emotional well-being, sensory

    and aesthetic satisfaction.

    Here is an apt excerpt from the sacred

    Vaastu text Shilpa Vidya Rahasyopanishad:

    The space became decorated and

    beautified with stars and other luminous

    bodies. The Earth also became studded

    and decorated with mountains, forests,

    trees and so forth

    Vaastu encourages you to imitate Nature

    and divine creation by beautifying your

    own spaces. This is a delightful concept:

    adorning your world with beauty makes

    your life more in harmony with nature.

    Keep this in mind when choosing artwork

    for your home, business, or any space

    where you spend time. Hearing beautiful

    sounds heals the ears. Seeing beauty heals

    the eyes. As writer Alice Walker puts it:

    Whenever you are creating beauty

    around you, you are restoring your own

    soul.

    An idea that seemed to me to be of use

    to everyone whether you think about

    it consciously or not the idea of filling

    a space in a beautiful way.

    Georgia OKeeffe

    Vaastu andthe Element ofBeauty in Art

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    What I dream of is an art of balance,

    of purity, of tranquility...a soothing,

    calming influence on the mind.

    Henri Matisse

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    Decorating is not just a matter of

    accumulating stuff; adorn your home

    with beauty that nourishes your soul.

    Choose your artwork and all your

    furnishings carefully. Only add items if

    you find them useful, beautiful, and

    comfortable. Adding ornamentation is

    an act of honoring. Ananda

    Coomaraswamy wrote: The beauty ofanything unadorned is not increased by

    ornament, but made more effective by it.

    . . . It is generally by means of what we

    now call its decoration that a thing is

    ritually transformed and made to function

    spiritually as well as physically.

    Remember that true Vaastu requires all

    levels to be fulfilled: functional space,

    aesthetics, spiritual energy, and upliftment

    of your soul. As my friends Ajit Mookerjee

    and Madhu Khanna wrote in The Tantric

    Way: The beautiful and the spiritual

    form an inseparable whole. Beauty is a

    symbol of the divine. The beauty we

    perceive with our senses is illuminated

    by the underlying radiance of the

    Absolute, the formless source of all

    existence and forms, which shines through

    the objects of this material world. Since

    Vaastu is a spiritually-based science, its

    foundation is this unbounded field of

    pure consciousness and eternal beauty.

    Great appreciation of beauty is a reflection

    of the beauty of your own inner nature.

    India scholar David Frawley writes,

    Sundari shoots us with the arrows of

    delight, revealing all the forms of creation

    as aspects of our own blissful nature of

    pure consciousness. Radiant works of

    art evoke in the refined viewer rasavadana,

    aesthetic experience. Indian aesthetics

    traditionally defines beauty in terms of

    the effectiveness of the emotional impact

    of works of art; beauty is described in

    terms ofrasa. Rasais a Sanskrit term that

    translates as the juice or sap of a plant.

    In its use as a basic component of what

    is pleasing in the arts, architecture, and

    design, rasarefers to the juice or emotional

    Rasa:Aesthetic Juice

    flavor evoked by the experience of art. If

    something is juicy, it is full of that magical

    life-force energy that helps create the

    transcendental home.

    Traditionally there are nine major rasas,

    which are enumerated in the Vaastu Sutra

    Upanishad. Some rasasare appropriate

    for your home or office; some are not.

    Clearly, rasasofShanta(peace, tranquility,

    serenity), Hasya(laughter, playfulness,

    good-natured humor), Vira(heroism),

    the uplifting aspects ofAdbhuta(celestial

    joy, astonishment at the marvelous), and

    Shringara(romance, healthy eroticism,

    the blissful sweetness of love)can be

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    Great art...is restorative...I believe that

    through our art, and through the

    projection of transcendent imagery,

    we can mend and heal the planet.

    Audrey Flack

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    Artwork forVaastu Homes

    becomes a spiritual experience. Artwork

    and home design that elicit this wholeness

    are beautiful and truly representative ofwhat Vaastu offers to our lives.

    appropriate for different zones of your

    home.

    The desire for serenity explains why so

    many people like to have Buddha statues

    in their homes, gardens, and offices. If

    you are evokingShringara rasain your

    home, make it the aspect of happy, united

    couples rather than the anguish of

    separation. Karuna(compassion), Raudra

    (anger, fury), Bhayanaka(fear), Bibhatsa

    (the odious), and other evocations of

    sorrow, despair, deprivation, anxiety, and

    disgust may be powerfully expressed

    through excellent art. However, unless

    they show the overcoming of these

    obstacles in an inspirational manner, they

    are not healing, nourishing influences in

    your home or office. What you put your

    attention on grows stronger in your life;

    you can choose between focusing on and

    increasing sadness, depression, and misery

    in your life, or you can make choices that

    help you become more established in

    peace and happiness.

    Arasikais someone who is sensitive

    enough to be moved profoundly by and

    have a transcendent experience from

    observing an exquisite work of art. The

    aesthetic experience touches so deeply as

    to integrate experience of many different

    levels of existence, thus creating what

    Having all of your walls vacant can create

    a sterile feeling and make life feel lonely

    and unsettled. Place something on the

    walls and around your homeart andornaments that you find uplifting and

    beautiful. Remember that what you put

    your attention on grows stronger in your

    life. War, violence, misery, and depressing

    scenes are not supportive for the home

    as healing sanctuary; these subjects can

    be powerful social commentary in art but

    are better suited for places other than

    your home. Avoid harsh, jagged images

    that seem to attack. Look for art that

    expands and enlivens your soul andconsciousness, not just your intellect. The

    Vaastu textMayamatarecommends

    putting paintings on interior and exterior

    walls, specifically joyous scenes and

    religious images.

    You may have read in some Feng Shui

    books that abstract art is not a good

    influence, but this is a misunderstanding.

    Having beautiful, high-quality abstract

    art in your home will not weaken it or

    yourself with amorphous, unfinished

    qualities. Instead, abstract art can enliven

    you and your home with uplifting,

    energizing, peaceful influences of color

    and subtle vibrational energies.

    As an artist myself, I am acutely aware of

    the effect of art and consider it when

    creating and when setting mysankalpa,

    or sacred intention, for the effect and

    final form of the piece of art. Art should

    enliven and expand consciousness, energy,

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    Through the beauty

    of material thingswe come to

    understand God.

    Abbot Suger of St. Denis,

    founder of the Gothic style

    of sacred architecture

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    The Effect ofVaastu-Appropriate Arton the Viewer: Artas Doorway toPeace, Silence,and the InfiniteThere is an inner expansion that takesplace within the consciousness of one

    who experiences an authentic work of art

    that is in alignment with Vaastu. Art

    always has the potential to evoke a

    response in the viewer, and it is this

    response to art, not just its mere presence

    on our walls, that is so potent in its effect

    on our lives. The French poet Mallarme

    stated, referring to this effect: Describe

    not the object itself, but the effect it

    produces. When the artist is in contact

    with the source of creativity, the vitality

    and expansiveness inherent in his or her

    work can evoke that deep level of

    consciousness and expansion in the viewer

    of the work.

    Thus, artists are able to enliven and pass

    along to their audience that experience

    of the creative source and flow - to

    whatever degree the viewer of the work

    of art is able to be still and silent in order

    to perceive and respond from within.

    Many people experience tranquility from

    seeing Vaastu-appropri